“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

JOE BUSH

THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
Joe Bush hits and pitches the Sox to victory

May 24, 1918 ... Using the bat, as well as his strong right arm effectively, Joe Bush yesterday played a prominent part in the 5 to 1 victory at the Red Sox scored over the Chicago White Sox. His sweet single to center the ninth, drove over the big run that spelled victory. Joe drove in three Red Sox runs, slammed out two fine hits, field his position like an artist, and except for a couple of fielding miscues held the White Sox runless until the eighth inning, when they finally did drop on him rather hard.  Seven hits was all that Joe allowed.

Urban Faber twirled the first six innings for the White Sox retiring to allow Eddie Murphy to hit for him. Portsider Dave Danforth, usually an effective finisher against the Fenway boys, relieved him, but had nothing that bothered them.

Almost any day now, you could read about the Red Sox having a big inning. They shoved across four markers in the fifth inning, being helped by third sacker Fred McMullin of the visitors.

A number of players that sparkled were shot across.  Buck Weaver and Eddie Collins played sensationally for the White Sox.  Buck figured in three slick double-plays, which helped his pitchers a lot.  Harry Hooper made a throw from right field to third in the eighth inning, getting Happy Felsch and cutting off another White Sox run.

Faber held the Red Sox hitless until two had gone in the fourth.  Amos Strunk pushed a triple past Felsch, but was out trying to stretch it into a home run.  In the fifth the Red Sox got very busy. Whiteman singled to center and took second when Stuffy McInnis beat out an infield hit to Fred McMullen. Fumbles by McMullen of rollers from Fred Thomas and Everett Scott resulted in Whiteman scoring and still leaving the basest loaded. Bush then planted a single in right driving in Stuffy and Thomas, and Hooper's good hit through Weaver sent Scotty home to take a 4 to 2 lead.

The visitors tied the game in the eighth. Eddie Collins walked with one out.  Happy Felsch beat out an infield hit to Thomas and Buck Weaver singled to right, scoring Collins, but a great throw by Hooper caught Felsch going into third.  Chick Gandil's smash to center field scored Weaver to tie it up. The Red Sox loaded the bases in their eighth, yet were turned back run less by Danforth.

In the ninth Everett Scott opened with a single to left and raced to third when Ray Schalk threw the ball, that Wally Schang hit in front of him, over Gandil's head.  Wally took two bases and then Joe Bush banged out his walk-off hit that won the game.

The Red Sox sent Weldon Wyckoff to Minneapolis, but he refused to report and returned to his home in Willamsport, PA.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

BATTER

 

 

0
STRIKES

0
BALLS

0
OUTS

 
 
 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

   

4

7

3

 
     

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1

   

5

10

2

 

 

W-Joe Bush (6-2)
L-Dave Danforth (2-4)
Attendance -
3725
2B-Schang (Bost)
3
B-Strunk (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Harry Hooper

rf

3 0 1 .351  

 

Dave Shean

2b

3 0 0 .248  

 

Amos Strunk

cf

4 0 1 .330  

 

George Whiteman

lf

4 1 2 .254  

 

Stuffy McInnis

1b

4 1 2 .287  

 

Fred Thomas

3b

4 1 0 .265  

 

Everett Scott

ss

4 2 1 .237  

 

Sam Agnew

c

0 0 0 .123  

 

Wally Schang

c

3 0 1 .254  

 

Joe Bush

p

4 0 2 .231  
               
    IP H ER SO ERA  
 

Joe Bush

9 7 2 4 1.95  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

20

12

-

 

 

Cleveland Indians

18 14 2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

16 13 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

16 14 3

 

 

Chicago White Sox

14 13 3 1/2

 

 

Washington Nationals

13 18 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

12 17 6 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

8 16 8